Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB. USA, 1994. Jersey Films, Universal Pictures. Screenplay by Helen Childress. Cinematography by Emmanuel Lubezki. Produced by Danny DeVito, Michael Shamberg. Production Design by Sharon Seymour. Costume Design by Eugenie Bafaloukos. Film Editing by Lisa Zeno Churgin, John Spence.
Gen X-ers graduate from college and are unable to find themselves a place in the new ‘real’ world that daunts them. Winona Ryder displays a dollop of star quality as the valedictorian of her class who even tries working a burger joint after getting her college degree. Her real dream is to achieve success as a documentary filmmaker (even though she doesn’t even look like she can hold a camera) and her romance with a television executive (Ben Stiller) who wants to showcase her work just might be her ticket. Ethan Hawke‘s grimy, mean roommate with whom she constantly butts heads is the wrinkle in the plan. The characters are all appealing and the jokes are very funny, though it also manages to be pointless for most of its brief running time. The best thing about this movie is that it introduced the world to the comedy of Janeane Garofalo, here playing Ryder’s best friend and roommate.